This week marked the launch of the new Poor People’s Campaign, a 40-day festival of events in over 30 states bringing people of all races together to fight back against poverty, racism, militarism, and ecological devastation. This week in OtherWords, my colleague Jessicah Pierre says it’s the moral revolution America needs.
Meanwhile, we look at other ways to bridge the divides between country and city people, and between progressives and conservatives.
Norah Vawter tells the story of a Virginia family fighting for their land against a pipeline company, arguing that pipeline fights can bring people of all persuasions together. And Brian Wakamo lays out a great idea to let people in rural places do their banking at the Post Office, instead of getting ripped off by shady payday lenders or big banks.
What else do we have in common? Newspapers, says Bruce Raynor this week. And both local and national journalism is more important — and more under threat — than it’s ever been.
Also this week, Jill Richardson looks at the horrific violence Israeli troops have inflicted on Palestinian protesters in Gaza. Jill opposes that violence because of her Jewish upbringing, not in spite of it.
Finally, Jim Hightower lays into housing secretary Ben Carson, while Khalil Bendib speculates about the motives of corporations who paid in a company owned by Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
- The Moral Revolution America Needs / Jessicah Pierre
Poor people of all races are shifting the national conversation on poverty and race from “right vs. left” to “right vs. wrong.”
- Sick of Shady Banks? Get a Loan from the Post Office! / Brian Wakamo
Payday lenders extort poor and rural Americans. One solution? Your friendly neighborhood post office.
- Pipeline Outrage Is a Human Issue, Not a Political Issue / Norah Vawter
The fight against pipelines can unite progressives and libertarians, city folk and country folk.
- In an Age of Fake News, Journalists Are Activists for Truth / Bruce Raynor
When reporters can do their work, democracy flourishes. When they can’t, it flounders.
- The Lesson I Learned Growing Up Jewish / Jill Richardson
I was told again and again to stand up when someone’s being mistreated. So I realized I had to stand up for Palestinians.
- Ben Carson: Fighting Trump’s War on the Poor / Jim Hightower
Somehow a trillion-dollar tax giveaway is no issue for the deficit, but modest housing assistance for America’s poorest people has to go.
- Who’s Paying Hush Money Now? / Khalil Bendib
Several corporations were caught giving money to a company used by Trump’s personal attorney to pay hush money.